Abrasives, brushes, and power tools manufacturer PFERD Inc. (Milwaukee) appointed Mariano Presas as president-Americas, effective Aug. 31, 2019. Presas will succeed Gene Huegin, who will retire at that time.
In a newly expanded role, Presas will be responsible for operations specifically including PFERD Canada, PFERD Inc. in the United States and PFERD Latin America. He will report to the chief sales officer at August Rüggeberg GmbH, the parent company’s headquarters in Marienheide, Germany. This new structure will allow cohesive management of the Americas.
Currently, Presas is president of PFERD Latin America. Before joining the company, he was managing director-Latin America for Dayton Superior, a single-source provider of concrete accessories, chemicals, forming, and paving products for the nonresidential construction industry. Before that, he was sales and technical services director-Mexico for Hilti, a global tool and fastener manufacturer.
Starting in early 2019 and throughout the year, Presas will gradually assume more responsibility and spend more time in the United States, culminating with Huegin’s retirement.
“I look forward to the challenges of this new role,” Presas said. “PFERD is a recognized leader in the metalworking field, and its products are well-respected. I plan to carry on that tradition and improve upon, where I can, the company’s position throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America.”
Huegin added: “I’ve enjoyed my 20 years with PFERD and am committed to completing my tenure as president with the same commitment and enthusiasm I’ve had since my first day. I am absolutely confident that Mariano will help lead our organization to even greater success in the years to come.”